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Fred Lonberg-Holm / Nick Stephens: Crackle: Six improvisations for Cello and Double Bass

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These improvisations between Chicago's ubiquitous cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and veteran British double bassist Nick Stephens, known for ongoing collaborations with Norwegian reed master Frode Gjerstad and South-African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo, were recorded in 2011 in Stephens' home-town, Northwood.

The duo immediately establish a common language that encompasses organic elements of fiery free jazz, through exploration of extended bowing techniques or often simple, straight- forward and lyrical, chamber playing. The two juggle between these shifting elements, to form searching, restless dynamics and and multi-layered textures.

The fourth, 15-minute long improvisation enables Lonberg-Holm and Stephens to explore their shared, searching spirit and the resulting supportive interplay even deeper. Both cover a continuum of sounds. Elegant, poetic bowing, nuanced investigation of the deep and resonant timbral spectrum of the cello and double bass, percussive use of the bows and a changing pulse comprise the spare overtones. The pair perform with great focus, and an impressive command of their instruments, welcoming any sound and any dynamic, whether tough, nervous or gentle and caressing.

An impressive meeting of like-minded improvisers.

Track Listing: Crackle one; Carackle Two; Crackle Three; Crackle Four; Crackle Five; Crackle Six.

Personnel: Fred Lonberg-Holm: cello; Nick Stephens: double bass.

Title: Crackle: Six improvisations for Cello and Double Bass | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Loose Torque


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